LAHORE: A judicial team probing polling record for Form-15 in the Lahore constituencies on a directive of the judicial commission set up to investigate allegations of rigging during 2013 general elections has been unable to find the forms for 30-40 per cent polling stations, The Express Tribune has learnt.
A source privy to the development said that the NA-125 was the constituency with the highest number of polling stations missing the forms.
Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique had won the election there. Of the 265 polling stations in NA-125, Form-15 was found in just around 100, he said. The forms were found in the record of almost all polling stations in NA-122.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the National Assembly speaker, had beaten PTI chairman Imran Khan in the constituency.
The source further said that nearly 20 per cent polling bags across the city were found unsealed. In most constituencies, polling record was packed in jute bags used for rice and wheat storage and not the bags provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The team comprising 13 additional district and sessions judges had been directed to inspect and send to the commission photocopies of Form-15 from all polling stations in the city.
The commission had also sought a report on polling stations where Form-15 was missing or polling record had been tampered with. The inspection was to be completed by June 8.
The commission had mentioned that in case a constituency was spread over more than one district, the senior district judge in the concerned district was to oversee the examination of the record.
The task was delegated to the district judges following a consensus on the issue among all political parties in the parliament.
The inspection teams had been directed to open only white, khaki and blue bags containing election material. They had been asked to send to the commission certified photocopies of Form-15 from all polling stations in their jurisdiction.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2015.
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